2013 Intern Networking Luncheon Press Release


2013 Intern Networking Luncheon

July 17, 2013

11:30 am -1:00 pm

Algona KC Hall 


Front Row: Kelsie Berke, Erin North, Kristin Berte, Kimberly Schiltz, Jamie Baumann, and Allison Buckalew. Middle Row: Sarah Berte, Kyle Klepper, Quinlan Schrock Miller, Courtney Lytle, DJ Beletti, Catherine Edgerton, and Amanda Kerber. Back Row: Guest Speaker Bruce Nelson, Jude Studer, Ryan Mayland, Clint McConnell, Katie Miller, Elijah Gelhaus, Garrett Lappin, Chelsey Goetz, and Spense Simonson
Scenes from the 2013 Intern Networking Lunch

Interns Hold the Key to Success:

In its 15th year of existence, the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation’s Intern Program, under the direction of Maureen Elbert, once again proved to be a great experience. This year there were over 30 interns from 15 area businesses in Kossuth and Palo Alto counties that were involved in the many opportunities and training sessions K/PACEDC has to offer.

This year’s program took the theme, “Interns Hold the Key to Success” because the interns truly believe that how successful they will someday be, lies within themselves. KPACEDC’s goal for the program is to provide opportunities to expand leadership, meet area business leaders, network, and underline the importance of volunteerism. On Wednesday, July 17th, CEOs and interns across Kossuth & Palo Alto Counties gathered for the annual CEO/Intern Luncheon at the KC Hall in Algona. Our special guest, Bruce Nelson, former Iowa Hawkeye and Carolina Panther, who now farms in Emmetsburg, was the key note speaker.

Bruce spoke to the group about his journey starting with playing football at Emmetsburg to walking on at Iowa, playing in the Super Bowl for the Panthers, and starting a development project on the lake along with his corn bailing business in Emmetsburg. One piece of advice Bruce offered was to make sure you truly love what you do. Working hard to accomplish your goals by being focused, setting boundaries and being disciplined was another piece of advice he gave to the interns. Bruce gave great personal insight on how it takes failure to have success. Not all of your seeds will grow, but when one does, it doesn’t stop.


Bruce Nelson is a 1998 graduate of Emmetsburg High School. He then attended the University of Iowa, where he walked-on as a Tight End for the Hawkeye football team.

Graduating from the University of Iowa in 2003, he went as a 2nd round draft pick to the Carolina Panthers.

In 2009, Bruce started the 5 Island Bay Development. In 2010, Bruce along with Chad Anderson started a Custom Baling Operation.

He currently lives in the Emmetsburg area and farms with Dick & Jim Nelson.

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